About Planning An Intervention
An alcohol intervention, drug intervention, mental health intervention, or behavioral intervention is a powerful, proven process that saves lives. An intervention encourages a chemically or behaviorally dependent individual to pursue treatment. Through thoughtful conversations, strict ultimatums, or compassionate messages and letters from each member, an intervention is an act of love. Often, family members, friends, or business associates are unsure of the level of treatment needed for recovery. At VIP Recovery, we can help determine what works best for you and your loved one. Our devoted clinical team will consult, collaborate, and plan with families or businesses using information from each unique situation to prepare and strategize for the intervention and recommend the appropriate level of treatment.
The process begins with one person. We encourage you to reach out to us if you have a loved one or business associate engaging in harmful behaviors. During this difficult time, we will assist you every step of the way, including traveling throughout the U.S. to help guide the intervention and start the road to recovery.
""Debbie and Brandon (Wow, what a team) With their combined talents of strength, organizational skills, patience, kindness and passion; timeless efforts and persistence...when you thought that all was lost, they put it out to the universe to let the greater powers that be take charge..and take charge he did." - Michigan"- J.T. / Office Visit / Sep 26, 2019
""Debbie, words cannot express our gratitude for what you, Brandon, and the entire production staff has done for ...... and our family. Life truly is amazing, thru the power of prayer and the trust that we have in God he sent us you for help in one of our greatest times of need. We felt so powerless, and then somehow God sent you into our lives with a message of hope for our son, ........ I thought I was a strong guy until I met you, but I have truly met one of the strongest women I have ever met in my life. Thank God you took charge and forever changed the destiny of your son Brandon’s life. He is truly an incredible man to have overcome such odds and I know how much you love him and he loves you. Our prayers were truly answered this weekend as you took time away from your family to try and save our sons life and we will be forever grateful for that. Debbie you are a wonderful lady with a great message to the world that thru perseverance there is hope for everyone suffering from addiction. I have thru this process this weekend learned one more powerful lesson that was reinforced so strongly this weekend that the power of love is unstoppable, and always brings out the best in all of us. Love for one another has and will continue to be the greatest message of hope that we offer any one in a time of need. Thanks so much for your expression of love for our family. You were right I feel like I was hit by a Mack truck when I awoke this morning. I have been sitting at my desk this morning with my sunglasses on because my eyes look so bad. My door is closed and I have just been weeping from all that has happened. I feel relief, sadness, and happiness and have never felt like this before. I found myself this morning while unloading ....... golf bag, smelling his worn clothing, and I said to myself what is wrong with you. I look forward to the day I can smell him again in person because of your kindness. Debbie please don’t hesitate to call on me for anything that I can do for your organization, or your family I will be there for you just ask. May God richly bless you for the work that you are doing." B.P. - New Jersey"- B.P. / Office Visit / Sep 26, 2019
"I feel enormous respect for you Debbie and Brandon, and your work as specialists in the field of addiction and recovery. Your compassion and your expertise, to be calm in the eye of the storm, builds momentum. Together as a family you show what love is, and sometimes, love is courage. Brandon I'm glad you’re alive, and Debbie and Doug, I'm glad you took Brandon seriously and reached out to Dr. Phil. Brandon, I'm happy you are using you talents and dynamic personality to inspire and to lead others, especially for boys and men in our communities. As a mother against impaired driving and as a teacher, I wholeheartedly support your efforts. T. S. - California"- TS / Office Visit / Sep 26, 2019
""I just wanted to take a moment and thank both you and Brandon for all your help this past weekend. What you do is so amazing and I will be forever grateful for your help in getting my daughter the help she so desperately needed. Brandon is quite a remarkable man; he made a huge impact on my daughter! I still can't believe we were so fortunate to have you both with us this past weekend. From the way you just happened to pick up my sister's telephone call, to being available the weekend I was flying my family to ......, to getting ......on board - someone up there had a "hand" in all of this. .... Is not happy with me right now - she's angry because I pulled her away from her birthday and Christmas with the family. That's OK, I know it's not my daughter talking and at least I know by getting her to ...... now, she WILL be with me and the family next year." D.L. - Illinois"- DL / Office Visit / Sep 26, 2019
""Dear Debbie and Brandon, Please know how grateful our family is to have received your professional help for my brother. As you know, we as a family did not possess the tools necessary to effectively provide the support or roadmap he desperately needed to get onto the road toward recovery. Your ability to take an emotionally strained family, agonizing over the past and afraid of the future, and turn them into a group of people with purpose was impressive. Your knack with balancing sensitive family issues while treating people with dignity and respect is commendable. Your experience, organization, and passion made executing an effective intervention plan possible. Not only did our family leave the intervention feeling empowered that we can make a difference, but more importantly you were able to reach my brother and send him on his journey of recovery. "I can honestly say that after working with you I felt, 'now there goes two people who are on fire to change the world for the better.' Thank you for recognizing your gifts and talents and using them to help others. We appreciate all that you have done for us." S.H. - Arizona"- SH / Office Visit / Sep 26, 2019
Who Can An Intervention Help?
It’s extremely difficult to watch a loved one or employee engage in harmful behaviors. A professional intervention can help anyone suffering from addiction, substance use disorder, or mental illness. An intervention is especially helpful for individuals who have had thoughts of suicide, have a history of violence, or who engage in multiple types of drugs (polysubstance use disorder). Each case is extremely unique and personalized for each person. Depending on the issue, our caring and skilled specialists stage interventions that focus on different audiences, including:
- Celebrity and executive
- Mental health
- Substance intervention
Staging An Intervention Steps
Our intervention process involves confronting the chemically or behaviorally dependent individual on their behaviors while approaching the situation with care and concern. The intervention team works together in a training and planning session before the intervention. In the training session, we will:
- Strategize the type of intervention, such as family, workplace, celebrity or executive, mental health, adolescent, addiction, or substance use disorder
- Determine the structure of the intervention, such as The ARISE Model of intervention, The Johnson Model, or The Systemic Model
- Provide education about addiction, substance use disorder, or mental illness
- Discuss behavioral issues shown by the person and learning how to set boundaries
- Help prepare the intervention message, including statements/letters
- Organize the role of each member
- Rehearse the intervention before meeting with the person
- Create logistics for safely transporting the individual to a treatment center
- Plan how to help with the recovery and sobriety, such as rides to support meetings
It’s important to remember that an intervention should focus on love and concern so no matter how upset you are, it’s imperative to not yell, shame, be hurtful, or ambush an individual. We will help each person learn how to discuss their feelings, and in some cases, we may work with the group members to find additional therapy sessions. This will help everyone start to heal.
What Happens Next?
After planning and rehearsing the intervention, the group members will meet with the individual to discuss his or her behaviors, and how they impact the members. An intervention ends as soon as the person admits they have a problem. Depending on the structure decided during the planning portion of the intervention, group members may attend multiple intervention sessions or one session. Once the person is no longer in denial, we will safely move him or her to a treatment center to start the path to recovery.
Sometimes, an intervention is not successful. A person must willingly accept they have a problem before treatment. In some cases, an individual may walk out before the intervention is complete, which could strain the relationship even more. Before the intervention and afterward, we will help you prepare emotionally, learn how to not enable the individual, and help you remain positive and hopeful. At VIP Recovery, we lead these impactful conversations to hopefully motivate the individual to seek treatment and start rebuilding relationships.
Planning The Road To Recovery
A well-structured intervention is the first step to recovery. By developing boundaries, creating behavioral changes within the family dynamic or with friends, and following our directions, we can all work together to hold a loved one accountable. Let us help the healing begin. A caring person is waiting for your call.